On Saturday, September 28, 8-year-old D’Wayne Keels was fatally injured when a car struck him in Los Angeles, reported The Press-Enterprise. Keels, a student at Fruitvale Elementary School in Hemet and member of the Hemet Valley Chiefs, was visiting family in the area and was walking away from an ice cream truck when the accident occurred. Emergency responders transported him to UCLA Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday, October 1. Authorities are investigating the accident.
The Hemet Valley Chiefs will hold a memorial for Keels before their game at West Valley High School on Saturday, October 5. The team is also raising money for the Keels family by selling baked goods on Tuesdays and Thursdays before practice at the high school and during home games on October 5, 12, 13, 26, and November 2.
Throughout Los Angeles County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 4,962 pedestrians in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Pedestrians under the age of 15 accounted for 804 of the injuries and fatalities that resulted from these accidents. The OTS compares the accident data of California’s 58 counties, giving those with the poorest records the highest ranking, starting with 1st place. That year, Los Angeles ranked 2nd for pedestrian accidents.
Under California law, families who have lost loved ones in traffic accidents have recourse through the civil justice system and may file claims to hold the at-fault party liable for their losses. To learn more about the rights of the families of accident victims, please call 866-981-5596.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of D’Wayne Keels.